Animals, Habitats, and Basic Needs!

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Students will be able to explain that organisms live in habitats that provide their basic needs.

Big Idea

Students will research a living thing that they are not familiar with to determine it's basic needs and present their research to the class.

Warm Up

10 minutes

I will begin this lesson with a whole group discussion. I will ask students to discuss with an elbow partner what they believe all living things need to survive. Allowing the students to think pair share with a partner, allows the students to activate their background knowledge while also expressing their own personal ideas. After giving students time to discuss with a partner, I will ask the students to share their ideas with the class.

I will remind the students that all living things need food, water, shelter, and air. I will continue our discussion by explaining that the things that plants and animals need to survive are called basic needs. I will challenge students by asking them if all living things have the same basic needs. Students will be given an additional opportunity to discuss their response with their peers before sharing out with the whole group.

I will inform students that today's goal is to determine if animals do indeed share the same basic needs. I will review the objective with the students to ensure that they are clear of the expectations of today's goal.


20 minutes

Next, students will transition to their seats. I will call students by tables to grab their Chromebooks. Once all the students have returned to their seats, I will challenge them to select a living thing that they no little about; for example Venus Fly Trap, bamboo, or sharks. I will remind students that it is important that they select living things that they know little about so they can gain more information as they research the lesson.

I will explain to students that they will be using their Chromebooks to research the basic needs and habitats of their animal. Next, I will distribute a data recording sheet for the students to complete.

Wrap Up

15 minutes

Once students have completed their research, I will provide time for them to share the information they learned as well as compare the similarities and differences with their peers. Allowing students to share this information helps them to draw conclusions about different living things in different habitats and how their basic needs are met.

Next, I will have all the students transition back to the carpet. I will ask the students, based off their research and peer discourse to explain their thoughts on whether all living things have the same basic needs. I will instruct students to gather into groups based on their selected living things habitats. I will provide students with blank poster paper. They will be instructed to collectively illustrate their habitat and include their selected living thing.

Lastly, I will provide time for student groups to share their illustrations. As the students are presenting, I will ask probing questions to determine students proficiency regarding living things, their habitats, and basic needs. I will ask questions such as:

Do any of the living things or organisms represented in your illustration serve as a basic need for another?

What would happen if your living thing had to survive in another habitat?

What would happen if the characteristics of your living things' habitat would change?